One of the foremost sporting events of 2018 promises to be the Ryder Cup, which takes place at Le Golf National near Paris at the end of September. Thomas Bjorn captains the Europeans as they bid to regain the trophy, having been beaten 17-11 by a more experienced American team at Hazeltine in 2016.
No fewer than six members of the beaten European team last time out were playing in their first Ryder Cup match and although there will be more debutants this time around the quality of the likely rookies – Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton are all currently in the world’s top 20 – suggests the host continent will be more competitive. Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia will provide the experience for Bjorn’s side, while Henrik Stenson is a strong contender for a captain’s pick if he doesn’t qualify by right. Fleetwood, meanwhile, won the Open de France at Le Golf National last year.
The bookmakers rate the Americans as the favourites to end a run of five defeats on European soil and take home the cup for the first time since 1993, with William Hill quoting the best price of 10/11. Europe can be backed at 6/5 with Paddy Power.
|All odds quoted are subject to change|